Mote Aquarium // September 2016

On Saturday, we headed to the Mote Aquarium while we were in Sarasota. I am not sure why we haven’t been before since it’s super close to Grammy’s house, but this was our first time! We were even more excited because Florida residents get in for $6 on Saturdays in September, a total steal!

There were several indoor and outdoor exhibits (cue the sweating) and two different buildings. We saw all sorts of fish, jellyfish, and lobsters inside before making our way outside.  Kenley especially liked the puffer fish and kept waiting for it to puff up, but it never did.

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Crosby and I watched this little crab go back and forth next to the glass for a couple of minutes. I couldn’t believe how quick he was. I was getting such a kick out of him.

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We also saw adorable seahorses and starfish outside.

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The shark tank was another one of Crosby’s favorites. He loves sharks! There was also a huge sting ray in there and another tank with hammerhead sharks.

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The other building had giant turtles, manatees, and the cutest sea otters ever. They were so active climbing, jumping, and sliding all around. There was also another exhibit with baby fish and baby sharks, which were adorable. I’m not sure why we didn’t get any pictures at the other building, but it was also super cool.

We had such a fun afternoon. Both kids really enjoyed it, but Crosby was very interested in each tank and exhibit and we had to encourage him to move on to the next thing. I think he could have stayed even longer taking it all in.

my [long] weekend in photos

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we headed down to sarasota for the long weekend to spend some time at grammy’s house! we got up on saturday morning and went down to the dock for¬†some fishing.

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crosby didn’t quite have the necessary attention span for fishing, but kenley enjoyed it!

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we hit up the mote marine lab & aquarium on saturday, which was super fun. this guy was by far my favorite. more photos to come!

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we fished again before dinner and greg caught one with the mickey mouse fishing pole!

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we went out for a family run on sunday morning and ended up doing four miles. it was brutal between pushing the kids and the heat and humidity. i ran the bridge and greg took the kids to the top, where kenley accidentally dropped her rubber fish into the ocean…hence the saddest face ever.

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we headed to the beach after our run fully expecting to cool off in the water…until we saw this sign. needless to say our beach trip was short-lived.

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ready for the party to get started!

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the kids had such a great time playing with their second cousins. we all had a great time catching up with family.

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sunday sunset over the water.

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our last walk to starbucks of the weekend before it was time to head home. it was back to the grind once we got home, running errands and packing lunches.

we had such a fun long weekend away. it was much needed!
how was your long weekend?

happy labor day!